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    Appreciating modern conveniences

    We are calling our design style “Modern Farmhouse”.  What that means is that we want to keep the integrity of the original style but are bringing it up to date.   “I ran the dishwasher today” is probably not something significant enough for you to announce as an accomplishment of your usual day.  That is the announcement I received when I got home.  For us it was significant. It was an announcement of clear and present progress! The invention of the dishwasher dates back to 1850 when they were prohibitively expensive and highly unreliable.  Miele introduced the first domestic dishwasher with an electric motor during the postwar boom (50’s).  However, it…

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    Putting on jeans and a T-shirt

    Quoting designer Deborah Osburn in reference to subway tile, “it’s become a classic, like jeans and a T-shirt”.  She said, “like jeans and a T-shirt, subway tile is a timeless, practical staple that goes with just about everything”.  “Subway tile” earned its name from its origin when it was first used in 1904 for the Manhattan subway. The designer was looking for a surface that would be easily cleaned.  The tiles were sanitary, glossy, and bright.  So today, as we approach 2020, we are reviving this charming 1925 farmhouse using subway tile. Our motive is the same, to create a timeless look with a surface that is bright and easy…

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    Putting on a chic skirt

    Almost done…time to finish the skirting, paint the door, and we will be inside for the winter for interior restoration.  The lattice deck skirt is traditional but we prefer the heartier and simpler look of the horizontal slat design we selected.  Note that all the horizontal skirting is repurposed from the previous porch deck.   With exception to the 2×2 balusters, the rebuilt porch is all repurposed from the previous porch and deck wood. Compared to the previous deck that consisted of short walls, narrow steps, and lattice; the new has widened steps, railing, starting posts, horizontal skirting, and column supports. It was time for this guy to take a well-deserved…

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    Rainy forecast

    “The best thing one can do when it’s raining is to let it rain”. -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow   We love living in Washington State.  One of the many things we love about our state is how the beauty of the changing seasons is pronounced by the changing colors and temperatures.  With those seasons comes the rain. Today we are saying “rain, wait please!”   The forecast is for rain this week and we are wishing the rain away.  We need just a little more time to get the porch skirting finished and get the painting completed before the rain comes.  Then we will welcome the rain back.